I love old newspapers, and I read a lot of them. As with modern newspapers, they can be hasty, biased, incomplete, and just plain wrong. But there is an excitement in newspapers, an immediacy that you don’t often find in histories written long after the event: I can seldom shake the awareness that a historian writing about a past event knows just how everything is going to turn out, while a journalist writing about contemporary events never can know what will turn out to be significant and what will fizzle into trivia.
“History’s Newsroom” is a new series to let you feel the sense of being present when Mormon history is made. With a minimum of modern interference, I’ll share articles of breaking news from the Mormon past, and editorial opinions about Mormons and their doings. Some will be exciting, others outrageously insulting, or funny, or bizarre, or wrong, or even frightening. I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I do.